What an exciting week! Right from the start, I captured the pilot production run assembly, and on the second day, post-assembly line testing after the newly assembled units completed their overnight burn-in. When I get time to sit down and light up the Spectrum prototype that’s with me day and night (even follows me to-and-from the factory as I love communicating Spectrum firmware on Spectrum), I catch up on the super energetic tester chat and guide this secret team on detailing all findings for our firmware team to improve Spectrum. A plentiful supply of real-world use testing from our ever-helpful testers not only helps me precisely track the current firmware behavior, but inspires me to delve deeper into existing functions and think out of the box to propose solutions that make them even better.
Here’s a sneak peek fresh from the factory before we introduce this process in-depth with our upcoming topic:
If you haven’t done so, definitely check out our Project: Spectrum | Prototypes category, where many of our testers already released a handful of their unique hands-on experiences. This ranges from high-end PC gaming, HDR video playback, coding, KVM switch, overdrive, to backlight dimming. If you are interested in asking our lovely testers to try out your use cases, don’t hesitate to ask questions on their topics!
Behind the scenes, the team is working closely with our testers on the continuous refinement of our firmware and OSD. Similar to our quality and reliability engineering (QRE) professional testing team, our testers co-work on a document to keep all findings and suggestions in regular check and update their status as new firmware gets released. Our firmware team reaches test data from an even broader range of user devices through maintaining this tracker and subsequently optimizing Spectrum with much-improved efficiency.
Our tried and true user-upgradeable firmware enables us to look into the endless possibility of further refinement upon existing features with a simple firmware file delivery later down the line. We are redefining our 100 steps of brightness adjustment to bring the minimum brightness even lower for better viewing comfort in a dark environment and more evenly spaced brightness steps for a more granular control required by specific color-critical works. Moreover, the best overdrive settings are being explored based on four separate 64-step tables. Based on the fact that response time increases as the user defined overdrive level is moved up, we start by capturing and analyzing perceived overshoot levels to identify all meaningful user defined overdrive levels as potential candidates to become more refined Normal and High setting. After pinpointing all the settings we are interested in, customized response time measurement data are obtained with the help of our manufacturer to determine the best table to use for Spectrum’s user defined overdrive, and within the same table, the best values for Normal and High settings.
For comparing perceived overshoot and clarity levels, we currently use a fixed position camera. Although it may not be ideal for comparing adjacent levels of the same table, setting it to an appropriate shutter speed can distinctly indicate the increase of overshoot level and clarity as user defined overdrive level increases. It also helps observe similar overshoot levels across settings of different overdrive tables.
As Spectrum production is quickly moving forward, we are looking forward to bringing you more progress updates soon! Stay tuned!